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First image of 2015

For those that know me, they know how important family is to me. With my crazy schedule and all the travel, they are what keep me motivated – and more importantly, keep me centered. When I am at home, I try to give my wife and daughter as much of my time as possible. They deserve it and I need it in order to recharge. However, a camera is always close by with a lens, a card and a full battery for when a picture presents itself. This photograph of my daughter was taken at breakfast on New Years day as we all sat at the dining room table. My wife and I drinking coffee and my daughter snacking away on some peanut butter on toast. As my coffee began to properly wake me up, I noticed the way the light was reaching the face of my daughter and I bolted for the closest camera that was ready to shoot. In this case, it was the Nikon Df lensed with a 85mm f.14. This is a great light weight camera with a killer sensor – it has the guts of a D4 – and it performs accordingly. This available light portrait was taken at ISO800 with a shutter speed of 1/500 and an aperture of f2 and converted to black and white.

My daughters curiosity with the world and life inspires me every day. Her wide range of emotions and reactions leave me constantly in awe of the person she is and is becoming and motivate me to challenge myself to continue to explore and see the world – and life – in new ways. I hope that you do the same this coming year!

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